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Melina Kanakaredes

Actress, Mother to Zoe and Karina

"When you become a parent, it offers a chance to do things in a new way, to be more conscious about the decisions you make because each one affects more than just you. You want to give your children the greatest parts of what your parents gave you and then maybe take it even a step further. From my family I learned a respect for using and not abusing the land, not taking it for granted. Now I'm trying to convey to my girls the value in simple things, especially given the opulence of LA and big-city life: eating fresh food from the farmer’s market; looking for fairies or lightning bugs in the woods rather than sitting in front of the TV; observing how the flowers and trees change with the seasons. We love watching things grow. In our yard we have some amazing fruit trees—grapefruit, lemons, figs—which remind me so much of Greece."

From HEALTHY CHILD HEALTHY WORLD. Reprinted by arrangement with Plume, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. Copyright (c) 2009 by Healthy Child Healthy World.

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